Cycles of the Orthodox calendar (and why they matter)

The end of September marks the start of a somewhat quieter time, liturgically speaking. The next of the major feast days isn’t until 21 November (Presentation of the Theotokos) and there are no major fast periods until that of Nativity,  starting on 15 November. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of good stuff happening in the Church between now and then, but I thought we could use this time to talk about some of the different cycles in the Orthodox calendar. I’ve been putting together this infographic for the last month or so to help lay some of the groundwork… Enjoy!



    1. You’re welcome, Sharon! I’m glad you find it beneficial. I’ve never made an infographic before but felt it was the best way to cover a lot of ground without sounding like a textbook 🙂 God bless! –NMR

  1. This really revive and enrich the congregation day by day all along the onward journey of pilgrims progress.
    May God bless you dear.

    1. Thanks, Fr. John! I was going for a basic level introduction, so I didn’t mention those. But if I go into more detail at some point, I will be sure to point that out. 🙂

  2. As someone who is inquiring into the Orthodox Faith, let me say this has been amazingly helpful, thank you so much. Now off to read the rest….

    1. You’re welcome 🙂 And happy inquiring–it’s an interesting process and may God give you wisdom. — NMR

    1. Julana, unfortunately it’s not! Several people have asked and the program I was using doesn’t do that, or at least I haven’t been able to figure out how (after lots of tries!) Sorry!

      1. Oh, too bad. I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else. It really clarified things, for a newcomer. You did a great job with it.

  3. Beautifully done. The comment about celebrating not the saints death but their birthday into eternal life helped me to understand why the Greek people I know hold name days as more important than birthdays. I loved this! Thank you

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